A Family Network for Families with Children with Special Needs

The FACT Family Network is a member of the Oregon Consortium of Family Networks. To learn about Family Networks throughout the state, please visit the links on the left or the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities.

The Oregon Consortium of Family Networks, a project of the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Developmental Disability Services, is an association of family networks committed to a set of core values centered on providing support to families of children with disabilities. Each member is an independent, family-led organization working in collaboration with community partners and each other.

From Patrice Botsford, director of the DHS Developmental Disabilities Program: “The guiding philosophy behind family networks is that parents of children with disabilities connecting with other parents in the same situation can share a vision of possibility, and help each other find strength, break the cycle of loneliness and isolation for each other, and in turn, for their children, in a unique way that only a parent can.

By the end of the first six months of the grant, these networks were connected with more than 5,000 individuals, families, and professionals. Said one parent:

Before this group, I was unable to leave my home and I had no friends. I slowly began to get involved and through their trainings, was able to see the possibility in my son. The support I received allowed me to shift my thinking and I was filled with hope. For years I was alone. Now I am a strong advocate with friends by my side. Where I was once a ‘taker’ I am now a ‘giver’ – able to share my own experiences with other parents and watch them change.’OCFN Logo

Inspiring stories of hope like what these family networks provide is what inspires me to come to work each and every day, to provide resources to help these remarkable Oregonians move toward a bright future.”

Want to find out more? Click here to read OCFN’s Fact Sheet.